News | Jun 25 2019

Boxing News at Five: Eddie Hearn reckons he could have signed Tyson Fury ‘quite easily’

The Joshua-Ruiz rematch looks to be heading to America, Hearn on Tyson Fury, Joe Joyce's path through boxing, Khan thinks he can get Pacquiao fight later this year and Joe Gallagher the promoter. Terry Dooley rounds up today's boxing news
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THE heavyweights continue to dominate the headlines now that the division has had a fire lit under it following the recent return of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr., not to mention the hot streaks that WBC holder Deontay Wilder and the organisation’s long-suffering, top-ranked contender Dillian Whyte are currently enjoying.

Eddie Hearn’s main concern is securing a rematch between Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) and Ruiz (32-1, 22 KOs), which is expected to take place in the boxing backwaters of America rather than in front of a packed house here in the UK. The post-Brexit madness that made too many British fans, and a few too many so-called experts, argue that the UK had a case for stating that it was the centre of the boxing world has subsided and the rematch looks likely for New York later this year.

Indeed, Hearn has told Kugan Cassius of iFLTV that going into the rematch without the pressure of being asked about Fury and Wilder will lift a weight from Joshua’s shoulders — although in practical terms maybe reducing a little muscle mass might be a better move from Team Joshua as his stamina has looked suspect at times.